• Paterson Great Falls

    Paterson Great Falls

    National Historical Park New Jersey

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  • Mary Ellen Kramer Park Closure Announcement from the City of Paterson

    Due to landscape improvement project, the City of Paterson closed Mary Ellen Kramer Park, landing & footbridge on November 4, 2013. The project may be completed by end of 2014. Falls can be viewed from Overlook Park. Call 973-321-1212 for project info.

Operating Hours & Seasons

As a new national park, Paterson Great Falls is in the process of developing tours and other programs. We offer an introductory tour, you are welcome to view the Falls from Overlook Park and Mary Ellen Kramer Park, and walk around the Historic District.

The outdoor areas of the park are open year-round.

Other areas include the Great Falls Historic District Cultural Center and the Paterson Museum, a partner site of the National Park Service that is operated by the City of Paterson.

The Paterson Museum, at 2 Market Street, is open Tuesday - Friday, 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m., and Saturday - Sunday, 12:30p.m. - 4:30p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and holidays. For more information about the museum, you can contact them at (973) 321-1260 or visit them at their website.

Did You Know?

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton, founder of Paterson, faced great opposition to his ideas for an industrial America? Many government leaders, including Thomas Jefferson, believed the new nation should base its economy, and could grow powerful, through agriculture – growing what it needed and selling the surplus.